It is a guilt, a shame, an unacceptable weakness to have to resort to “psycho” -pharmacological therapies when depression, anxiety and excessive worries turn life into hell
For many the answer is “yes”. Unfortunately, psychiatric drugs are often considered brain-changing and damaging chemicals and cannot solve the problems that make you feel anxious and depressed.
Millions of people take for years, sometimes “forever”, drugs for various diseases, such as arterial hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, gastric and duodenal ulcer, just to mention the frequent ones, without posing major problems. But, when it comes to taking antidepressants and / or anxiolytics, even for a short time, not to mention antipsychotics, the most frequently asked questions are: “is it really necessary
“, “they will hurt me”, “I will
have to take them for life
Despite the prejudices, psychotropic drugs, in particular antidepressants, are among the most used drugs in Italy. Their consumption is growing and, according to the data of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), has increased by 4.5% compared to 2004, especially as a result of the economic crisis that has unhinged the lives of many Italians. In 2020, AIFA warned, “depression, after cardiovascular disease, will be the pathology responsible for the loss of the highest number of years of active and healthy life and treating it will be indispensable”.
In the hope of dispelling the prejudices that often lead to not taking or discontinuing drugs with sometimes serious consequences for health, I would like to give scientific answers to the questions that patients most frequently ask me during psychopharmacological therapies.
Because I have to undergo drug therapy
Because anxiety, depression, psychosis, are diseases of the brain, which is an organ of the human body like all other organs, and, like these, it can and must be treated with specific and effective drugs. The brain can be considered as a huge and complex electrical network within which short circuits can be created. We need to think of drugs as electrical tape that can slowly repair damaged circuits that take at least a month to start working again. Depending on the disease, the insulating tape must not be removed (ie the treatment must be continued!) For a variable time, usually months, in order to allow a stable and effective repair of the damaged “electric cables”.
Medicines must be taken throughout life
In some cases, long-term therapy is required by taking the lowest effective dose of medication. This is the case with some mood and psychotic disorders and, more rarely, with anxiety disorders that tend to recur when drugs are stopped suddenly and / or without medical supervision. Returning to the example of the brain conceived as an electrical network, an attempt is made to reduce the amount of electrical tape on the “sick” cables to the smallest possible strip to prevent them from breaking again.
This applies not only to brain disorders, but to all diseases. Who does not have a family member who takes “lifelong” drugs for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, osteoarthritis and so on
I take “too many” drugs. There is no single drug that cures my problem
Let’s go back to the example of the brain compared to an electrical network. Simplifying a lot, each
brain circuit has its own specific function in regulating mood, anxiety, thoughts and, when it is damaged, it needs particular types of electrical tape, different psychotropic drugs, to be repaired. Therefore, when the problems depend on the malfunction of several circuits, it is necessary to combine several drugs to repair them all. Obviously, as things improve, we try, when possible, to reduce the doses and the number of drugs administered.
Psychiatric drugs are addictive
Only some tranquilizers called “benzodiazepines” (Tavor, Lexotan, Valium, Xanax, Prazene, Minias, to name only those most commonly prescribed, but it applies to all), IF USED FOR A LONG TIME, they give both addiction (ie their suspension causes crisis of abstinence) and addiction (i.e., over time, their effectiveness decreases). Their use for short periods (one-two months at the most) or only when needed does not cause problems. All other psychotropic drugs, none excluded, are not addictive or addictive. Obviously, like all drugs, they should be taken and suspended only under strict medical supervision.
“If I take drugs for a long time, they will hurt my liver, kidneys, brain, etc. etc.
Drugs, like all substances with a biological action that we introduce into our body, can have side effects in sensitive and predisposed subjects. It is obvious that the benefit must always be greater than the possible damage. No one should undertake antidepressant or anxiolytic therapy unless strictly necessary. On the other hand, chronic depression and anxiety create damage not only to the psyche but also to the body, causing a state of continuous stress, which reduces the immune defenses and compromises the functionality of various organic systems (think of tachycardia and to the chronic increase in blood pressure induced by anxiety!). Not treating them exposes you to risks much higher than those of possible, and unlikely, “serious” side effects from drugs!
These two figures, taken from an article that appeared some time ago in Newsweek,
help to understand the damage caused by anxiety not only on the brain, but also on the body!
“I want to treat myself only with” natural “drugs because” chemical “ones are bad for my health”
A widespread belief, unfortunately also supported by some media, believes that “natural” drugs (derived from herbs, roots, flowers, and so on) are safer and as much or even more effective than those produced by the pharmaceutical industries by chemical synthesis.
Nothing more false and misleading:
- Both “natural” and “artificial” drugs are chemical products, meaning they are composed of molecules with biological activity (for example, they can reduce blood pressure or improve depression). What differentiates them is only the production laboratory: in the first case, nature; in the second, a pharmaceutical industry.
- The “natural” products can have side effects and toxicity similar to the “artificial” ones in predisposed people and if taken in doses and for inappropriate times. For example, St. John’s wort or St. John’s wort, a natural remedy widely used for the “natural” cure of depression and anxiety, can cause even severe photosensitization and reduces the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill.
- While the efficacy and safety of “chemical” drugs is legally tested by long trials, that of natural drugs is often guaranteed only by “ancient popular traditions” without clear evidence of either the efficacy or the doses necessary to obtain appreciable results. and lasting.
- It does not matter whether “chemical” or “natural” drugs are used. There must be no prejudice: what matters is only if they work and are safe.
- This, mind you, means that even the so-called “natural” drugs, since “they are not always good and safe” as it is mistakenly thought, must be used with caution and under strict medical supervision.
Congratulations indeed! Clear and very useful article, often in cases of anxiety and depression, as is known, a light, targeted pharmacological support, improves contact and the progress of psychotherapy .. yet many patients of psychotropic drugs are afraid, and do not want to take them ..! Magda Muscara psychotherapist
Well said, I hope that sooner or later – in the collective imagination – we will get out of the role of serial poisoners created by ignorance and presumption.
Thank you very much for the invaluable support!
I sincerely hope that this small contribution will shed some light on a topic, pharmacotherapy in general and psychiatric therapy in particular, the subject of unscientific prejudices that greatly harm both patients and our work.
04 January 2020
Hi dott. Round or other professional, my name is David, I am 51 years old, I have suffered from an anxiety disorder for 12 years.
Three pharmacological treatments (venlafaxine, anafranil, sertraline), during the treatments I was fairly good, especially with venlafaxine (perhaps because it was the first), and the poorest was sertraline (although the longest).
I use little anxiolytics (only when needed).
The symptoms are not physical, but psychological: a sense of unreality, deporsonalization, brooding about it, restlessness, difficulty in carrying out one’s tasks and passions, everything becomes irrelevant with the presence of these sensations, and logically I see everything black and fearful.
However I managed to carry on my life which is quite full (work, family, two children, football coach, runner).
I read his article on mediciitalia, regarding drugs. I have cured myself but I have always been against healing, and have been inclined to solve the problem on my own (these unconscious fears may come up
). So I struggled to cure myself.
I have not been taking drugs for 8 months, followed by my psychiatrist I logically gradually discontinued the Zoloft, even if the symptoms were always present. In the first phase, the symptoms even decreased and disappeared for a month, then the mind started again on the tangent of control and returned outside, even more powerful than before.
My psychiatrist prescribed paroxetine, but I have not yet decided to undertake a new treatment, given the poor resolutive effectiveness that others have had. I’m certainly not very well and the days are very tiring, but the doubts are many (anxious), it will work
I will have to cure myself for life
I forgot that I have also been following psychotherapy for a few years, and it has brought some benefits (few), especially in knowing the problem and facing it more forcefully, even if the sense of catastrophe and of not making it every now and then comes.
Not accepting and demonizing the drug as she said in your article, is very strong in myself, and I cannot understand the biological aspect of the problem, also because before the onset of the disorder I only had some signs in adolescence, but after all, he never showed up again. And therefore I do not come to understand the malfunction of the brain, but it occurs to me that the treatment must alter the normal functions of the brain.
I understand that this is a somewhat distorted vision from his reality as an established professional. But as he understood I need to understand my situation even better, to make a final decision to address the problem.
If I’m not too cheeky, I would ask him for a consultation to add to that of the colleague who is following me, and what he tells me about paroxetine.
Anyway, thank you and greet you.
Happy New Year .
July 14, 2020
Dear Doctor, this is the article that deceived me and convinced me to take a ssri that ruined my life. Nothing is known about these drugs, the mechanism of action is not known, the effects on individuals are not known, the side effects are minimized and in the appropriate place, despite constant warnings, no patient is warned of potential irreversible damage that cause these damn psychiatric drugs, let’s talk about sexual dysfunction and emotional dulling (even for years, or perhaps permanently after their discontinuation) regarding SSRI / SNRI antidepressants, not forgetting the addiction they create (you can deny this evidence and climb mirrors as much as you want , has been confirmed by the literature and by pharmacovigilance bodies), tardive dyskinesia, high weight gain, late dysphoria, as regards antipsychotics, high dependence on benzodiazepines. I have a ruined life because of a few hires of a damned SSRI, of which no one warns me that it could cause all this. That’s why I tell you, you can publish all the prodrug articles you want, in order to remove the social stigma that hovers around the fear of taking these poisons (because this is what it is) but if you do not warn the patient through informed consent of the potential risks listed above (and they are just a few) and you think you screw him, you will never be able to remove the prejudice linked to your profession and to what you prescribe. Too bad we are no longer in the 80s, today there is the internet, people inquire about what they are taking and if they become aware of iatrogenic pathologies or syndromes caused by a drug, you can bump into and try to convince someone as much as you want, that person, who had to inquire about the risks of taking on the internet, which is very unjust in my opinion, I said, that person will never take the drug you prescribed. In this case, you can’t blame people if they don’t trust you. And you know why he doesn’t trust
Because you have no means of confirming a diagnosis. Everything is based on intuition, I give you this, if it works and well, if it doesn’t work I prescribe this other one. Our body and our health get in the way. This is far more than unfair.
I conclude by saying that I too would have liked to know better before taking that damned poison, about the risks and the syndromes it could bring, but I didn’t do it because I trusted an article. This article. I don’t trust you psychiatrists anymore. Never again. Good day.
06 October 2020
I notice that you have studied the daily fact article a few years ago (inspired by a psychiatrist, Breggin, connected to Scientology) and last year’s hyena report. It’s the internet that ruins it, believe me. PSSD
Scientific articles on PubMed
I am not a doctor, but I write this comment hoping that no one will make the same mistake as me while in difficulty or undecided whether to undertake drug treatment for the first time (or start again). Realize that you are not a doctor and you are not so presumptuous.
November 13, 2020
Do you have any idea of the hell I suffer from since I took that poison for a few months
My semen has completely changed consistency, I had a profuse ejaculation now it has reduced to a drop. I have no orgasm or libido anymore. My genital area is completely anesthetized. Beautiful sex and masturbation are just distant memories. All this because of the medical warning and misleading articles like this one. How the hell can a ssri taken for 5 months ruin a person like this I will never explain. I have stopped the treatment for more than a year, but nothing has returned to the way it was before. I am a little over 20 years old
We push the idea that psychiatric drugs are always necessary, we neglect the permanent side effects they can have, we continue to ruin innocent people, we will have these results. I take it you haven’t taken antidepressants, I’m happy for you. My life was perfect before listening to that criminal. Now everything has crumbled. I will not be a doctor but in extreme cases you have to be your own doctors.
November 13, 2020
I also warn you that an important Italian institute is starting research on these lousy drugs, right on the pssd. They are conspiracy theorists, enrolled in Scientology, people who talk to the eighth grade too
Or we have to trust the doctor regardless
I remind you that they get to kill people, and go unpunished because they are protected by a too powerful system (see the case of Valeria Lembo, the Sicilian girl killed by chemo, injected at a high dose by mistake, whose doctors guilty of murder not only do not they went to jail one day, but continue to practice). How can I trust doctors who if they make a mess they go unpunished
Because if a pilot crashes a plane for his mistake and survives his license is revoked, while a doctor feels compelled to commit crimes, remaining unpunished
13 November 2020
But you realize what you are saying
The internet and forums are really ruining people, this is worrying. I have been taking sertraline for 8 years and have been back for about 4 months (I was 20 too). Never had any problems, neither sexually nor cognitively or otherwise. The pssd is clearly more an effect of the network than anything else and don’t talk to me about updating the package leaflets, you can also find cancer and sudden death in there.
My life was perfect before I heard that criminal
Ah, you go to a doctor who specializes in psychiatry even if you have a perfect life!
Enough with victimization and attention seeking, let’s be serious.
I wish you to recover, get help from professionals.
My father defeated a tumor thanks to chemo.
November 15, 2020
One-way article, obviously biased, like several others of these that appear every day on the network.
I analyze the first part: It talks about PREJUDICES linked to the vision that one has of psychotropic drugs as a category in general; never thought that after several decades it is no longer a PREJUDICE but a JUDGMENT that the patient-client has made
Obviously with regard to the cost-benefit ratio often and willingly unfavorable
The opening introduction states: It is a fault, a shame , an unacceptable weakness having to resort to psycho-pharmacological therapies when depression, anxiety and excessive worries turn life into hell
For many the answer is yes …. But do you really believe that this is the main reason why people do not willingly accept your prescriptions
. a high level of addiction, and often ineffective results with no short-term and medium-long-term effects almost unknown Long-term
good they test for a short time and on provisional symptom diagnoses.
Which leaves everything to a certain empiricism which, unfortunately, being arbitrary, and easily manipulated at will.
Psychiatric diagnosis has enormous reproducibility problems, because being exclusively clinical it suffers from a certain ambiguity of those who exhibit it to the client and is often vitiated by the medicine that one is most inclined to prescribe. (For various reasons ranging from convenience to legal, passing through those dictated by the personal interest of the prescriber).
Despite the prejudices, psychotropic drugs, in particular antidepressants, are among the most used drugs in Italy. Their consumption is growing and, according to the data of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), has increased by 4.5% compared to 2004, especially as a result of the economic crisis that has unhinged the lives of many Italians. In 2020, the AIFA warned, depression, after cardiovascular disease, will be the pathology responsible for the loss of the highest number of years of active and healthy life and treating it will be indispensable.
Say what you think of the series as they are prescribed in abundance …. their consumption is growing …. of course, it is not denied but this automatically means that we are witnessing an increase in psychiatric diseases
The answer is no … in fact there would be the aspect of the off label often and willingly not accompanied by written documentation called informed consent and they are also prescribed for very varied extra psychiatric conditions .. Headaches, pains, gastric and urinary problems, Herpes Zoster etc …. obviously with efficacy / tolerability results on average equal to zero.
Another story told: Why I have to do a drug therapy
Because anxiety, depression, psychosis, are diseases of the brain, which is an organ of the human body like all other organs, and, like these, can and must be treated with specific and effective drugs.
So when you make a psychiatric diagnosis, you do so using instrumental means that unambiguously and unquestionably demonstrate this
He knows perfectly well that to date brain neuro-imaging does not demonstrate the damage produced by mental pathology, it offers a cause-and-effect relationship.
The history of serotonin and the psycho-biological paradigm has undoubtedly been a strong driving force for marketing but nothing scientifically proven. Specific and effective drugs … here we hit the bottom just read what is expressed a few lines above.
Then he writes: chronic depression and anxiety create damage not only to the psyche but also to the body, causing a state of continuous stress, which reduces the immune defenses and compromises the functionality of various organic systems (think of tachycardia and chronic increase in blood pressure induced by anxiety!). Not treating them exposes you to risks much higher than those of possible, and unlikely, serious side effects from drugs!
These two figures, taken from an article that appeared some time ago on Newsweek …
Obviously what was written above is valid … you evaluate these damages every day in your clinic or clinic with instrumental means having absolute medical-scientific validity ascertained
Then: I want to treat myself only with natural drugs because chemical ones are bad for my health
. Of course, here in part he has a minimum of reason but he deliberately eludes any freedom of choice on the part of the patient in choosing what to treat. What to say: the doctor recommends a prescription but the person is not bound to have to accept his diagnosis and related therapy. Until proven otherwise … except for the tso but here is another area.
To season everything, he is unbalanced in this unfortunate example:
Let’s go back to the example of the brain compared to an electrical network. Simplifying a lot, each brain circuit has its own specific function in regulating mood, anxiety, thoughts and, when it is damaged, it needs particular types of electrical tape, different psychotropic drugs, to be repaired. Therefore, when the problems depend on the malfunction of several circuits, it is necessary to combine several drugs to repair them all. Obviously, as things improve, we try, when possible, to reduce the doses and the number of drugs administered.
It is clear that we are faced with the classic strategy of tot drugs for tot symptoms of the type where I see it. Other than diagnosis and specific therapy.
But if we look at the comparison in these terms it makes more sense: the insulating tape does NOT repair an electrical circuit, the connected cable will still be traversed by current. Tape is used to avoid contact. This explains 2 things the little usefulness of the psychotropic drug in outpatient diagnosis which, in the vast majority of cases are by exclusion, of convenience because we do not know how to give a concrete answer to what is reported by the patient (the diagnosis of somatization or vague framing of anxiety , stress, masked depression are the evidence). The second is the somewhat marginal utility of psychotropic drugs, always speaking of outpatient conditions.
Furthermore, if we are to the words of the well-known psychiatrist Mario May who states that psychiatry must not exhibit any scientific evidence or biological cause, as happened for the spirochete, of mental disorders because he believes that it is an expectation only of people in general and therefore considers this reasoning completely out of the way …. here, psychiatry wonders who has unscientific prejudices and presumption .. but I don’t think the real presumption belongs to the patient but perhaps to the so-called carer.
November 15, 2020
You are a doctor / researcher / biologist or other expert in the sector
Mamma mia guys, you are in really bad shape.
I urge the reader not to believe in this huge bullshit and to trust the doctors.
I invite the medicitalia staff to delete all comments relating to this article.
November 15, 2020
Who I am does not matter.
You are in bad shape .. no and psychiatry that has never answered the thousand questions posed by clients-patients in an objective and medical-scientific way.
Don’t believe this bullshit … so I imagine that the psychiatrist you are addressing has been scientifically exhaustive about
you. she had her undergo tests or what a doctor should do in the face of brain pathologies
Everyone is absolutely free, as you did, to trust the psychiatrist. From your defense I deduce that thanks to the therapeutic interventions proposed by your trusted psychiatrist, you have cured and cured the neuro-biological deficit that underlies his symptoms. If so, I am very pleased and, wishing you well, I take my leave.
November 15, 2020
The psychiatrist who follows me is considered the top anxiety expert in Italy and Europe and 3 in the world (if he wants to privately I tell you who he is). I can already imagine his objection: who decides who is the best
I will answer you: the scientific articles published. SCIENTIFIC, since that’s what you are looking for. According to her, how mental disorders should be treated
According to her, a person who has not left the house for months, does not eat, does not sleep, loses any interest needs a specific examination
A person with hallucinations needs an examination
For schizophrenia there is a specific examination, so
they do not harm themselves antipsychotics A person who is
for 3 months and has manic episodes and another 3 is depressed with suicide risk, how do you think it is treated?
There is a need for a specific examination
The antipsychiatry you support has scientific evidence. because a person must be free to choose, but according to her a person who is about to throw himself off the sixth floor is really free
I conclude by saying that I write these things for people like me who have suffered too many months in vain by letting themselves be influenced by crap like that, hoping that even reading my experience they may not suffer unnecessarily. Massive bullshit that really makes people feel worse.
I still write on this forum exclusively for this, since those who are sick consult this site. Why on earth does she do it
To support her ideas
I also take leave, wishing her the best and hoping that one day she will have more mental flexibility and less conspiracy in her way of thinking.
November 15, 2020 I
forgot to add for user 602751, because the staff of the Medicitalia site should remove the posts that you do not like
Assuming that the writer has deliberately left open to the possibility of comments, I do not see why you, with a conspiratorial request, should recommend the removal.
The staff will never do it, that would be the limit.
I see that you have previously had the opportunity to contest, just to make, the testimony of another user …. I wonder why it
is also necessary to have respect for opinions other than one’s own.
You also visit this page a lot, obviously I don’t think you have found all these benefits from the trust you have placed in your doctor and his prescriptions … and look for confirmations and denials.
I wonder if she ever received two words of thanks from the writer.
Furthermore, Psychologists’ act of advising light and targeted pharmacological supports does not seem correct to me … I do not believe that their training can give them notions and rights to express themselves in this way … Tell me, for you what the phantom light and targeted pharmacological support that people fear and do not want to take
it being understood that no one is obliged to do so.
It would be interesting and constructive for the writer to participate in these discussions as soon as he has time to dedicate. Scientifically dispelling any doubts and perplexities about it.
November 15th, 2020
I practically answered her before she wrote the last message. I’m removing the notifications for further replies, as that’s what keeps me coming back to this article. notifications activated when I wrote the first answer months ago to advise the other user not to be influenced by what you read on the web but to listen to the doctors, since they have the skills.
November 15, 2020
I was not clear evidently.
I have nothing against psychiatry and I am not at the stage where yes and for and against.
All the sufferings that you express exist, they are real, concrete and tangible and it is right and sacrosanct to try to take care of them ….
This is where the figure Psy comes into play … (psychiatrist and psychotherapist psychologist).
You consider me an Antipsychiatry … you are wrong.
I explain why … just because psychic suffering exists and it is such an atrocious suffering so much, unfortunately often dramatic, current psychiatry must necessarily change course and really take care of those who take charge.
The Krepelian paradigms have been shown to be a failure that has satisfied their desire to appear as recognized doctors both on the side of the Medical-Scientific Community and by the state institutions because this has always been their only interest.
The claims that psychiatry makes are unfortunately fallacious, not entirely true and harbingers of illusions.
Psychotropic substances used as therapy reveal the complete absence of knowledge and understanding.
As far as I am concerned, slowly, psychiatry must have the courage to change course, get out of the usual patterns and try, where possible, to deepen their branch … but there seems to be no extremes … a goose that lays golden eggs, both because there is nothing better to offer, and because their presumption is that they already know everything.
You think I’m talking nonsense … you have a right to your opinion, but I know all too well what it means to see the dearest person vegetate their entire life in a terrible state, to say the least, and to know, evidence in hand, that the his present and what could have been his future is irremediably destroyed …. and believe me there is no psychiatrist and psychotropic drugs that take … indeed this association has been a further source of problems.
All psychiatrists are luminaries
and all psychotropic drugs are indispensable and highly effective principals … until the reality of the facts shows you the harsh reality … You feel comfortable there.
I write here because I find it false, biased and illusory that careerist psychiatrists throw themselves into these unproven utterances but which certainly appeal to different types of readers.
He makes it easy, certainly, like many psychiatrists, but unfortunately things are not as he says …..
Don’t ask me which path current psychiatry should take but ask them how psychiatric scientific research is progressing.
November 20, 2020
For the user who denies the pssd 602751, so only because it has not happened to her it cannot happen to anyone
He believes that Mario Negri listens to rumors created on the Internet
He believes that even the ema do it
He knows about hell that hundreds of people live every day because of the SSRIs
We are more than 3000 declared and we are constantly growing because now these drugs are also prescribed for states of simple malaise and it has also been ascertained by many psychiatrists. But it didn’t happen to her! So it can’t happen to anyone. I have no words … the drug was prescribed to me in a superficial way, where a psychotherapy was enough to face a doc who appeared for 10 days. Don’t tell me about the leaflets because cancer is also written there. I tell you that for the drug that was prescribed to me, the leaflet on the contrary did not have many side effects that were caused to me by that crap and that were instead present in the other ssri leaflets. If you think it was the internet that gave me pssd, you are free to think so, but genital anesthesia, watery sperm, anorgasmia and all the rest I think are enough to dismantle this thesis of yours. Ah and remember that you are not immune to anything, I know people who after having taken the same ssri the pssd if it is caught, I in my ignorance on the subject I have warned you.
November 27, 2020
Unfortunately I note, with a certain sense of disgust, the complete abstention of the doctor who wrote this article, to provide answers supported by true objective scientific evidence.
Clearly one of the many pro-psychotropic and pro psychiatry propaganda articles comes to mind, with the intention of promoting himself more and more as a doctor. Psychiatry is far from the canons of conventional medicine and this gentleman does not differ from others like him who promote false concepts, ideological holdings, para-scientific descriptions never proven.
Moreover, he finds support only from those like him. His silence does not make her superior but only one of the many propagandists ends in themselves. For charity.
December 28, 2020
Dear, I can bring to the subject my personal experience with psychiatry that dates back to 1998. So many years, at the time I was 21, now I am 43. That year marks a clear distinction for me, as later bursting into my adolescent life of a depression with various obsessive disorders of which I was fully aware, in the most blind ignorance of the possible therapies I ended up, in an inversely proportional way to the awareness of my pain, by a homeopath. That he probably also had some merit, especially in a pseudo psychoanalytic sense, in the sense that undoubtedly emptying the sack of my obsessions in his study some reassuring effect will also have had, thanks to my iron will to get out of my inner hell. Hell as fully aware, as a patient, of my inner split: the rational and intact part of me knew perfectly well that the shampoo could not penetrate the brain. However, I couldn’t wash my hair. For weeks. Months. My mother also had to suddenly spray dry shampoo on me without saying anything to keep me from going to school in pitiful conditions. Big problems. The rational part fails to win over obsession. I was able to brush my teeth peacefully, because “the toothpaste could hurt my memory”. Ideas that I myself called crazy. However, I couldn’t win them. I just had to go around them. if I took them “peak”, they devastated me. Years lived like this. Laughing at myself and crying. Then there was a very slow improvement, with the homeopath. Except then, in September 1997, all the previous pathological experience re-exploded with a double virulence: it seemed to have never been cured. In particular, the obsessive ideation had turned into panic: the thought spread to the point where I widened my eyes because it presented itself. It was there. I was my thought. A moment that equates to real terror. I remember my father’s helpless fear of seeing my total loss of control; the phone call (there were no cell phones) to the homeopath who sensed the desperation said: Give her ten drops of EN. Which I believe is equivalent, for a homeopath, to saying we have lost. It was this continuous flow of paralyzing obsessions that finally convinced my father, the most fearful of psychiatry, to turn to a psychiatrist at the Lucio Bini center. I use a workhorse for a few months: the tricyclic Anafranil (clomipramine), together with lithium therapy. This was revealed after a few weeks of Anafranil, and that before it I was asking absurd and distressing questions; after no. Therefore, the psychiatrist gradually scales it up to remove it. Only side effect: increased appetite, therefore weight. I have never taken it again, I have never had any relapses of that entity. Lithium, on the other hand, I still take it today. Then there was a relapse, especially anxious, in 2000, of a different type than the previous ones. Thanks to valuable advice, we were able to contact a full professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pisa, notoriously advanced in the treatment of depressive diseases. After adequate anamnesis, he substantially established this: that the therapy would be based on Lithium and Depakin, known mood stabilizers; and for short periods, in order to get me out of the depressive relapse, an antidepressant. I was lucky enough to respond well immediately, with virtually zero side effects, to Efexor (venlafaxine), always taken in minimal doses. In the meantime, slowly, I was reborn, I graduated, I have a doctorate, I have a family, two children. For some sporadic depressive relapse, now very recognizable by me who know how these mechanisms work, I use Efexor but only for short periods. So far all the analyzes I have done have always gone very well. I sincerely believe that without the relevant use of medication I would probably still be wondering if shampoo is bad for the brain. and for short periods, in order to get me out of the depressive relapse, an antidepressant. I was lucky enough to respond well immediately, with virtually zero side effects, to Efexor (venlafaxine), always taken in minimal doses. In the meantime, slowly, I was reborn, I graduated, I have a doctorate, I have a family, two children. For some sporadic depressive relapse, now very recognizable by me who know how these mechanisms work, I use Efexor but only for short periods. So far all the analyzes I have done have always gone very well. I sincerely believe that without the relevant use of medication I would probably still be wondering if shampoo is bad for the brain. and for short periods, in order to get me out of the depressive relapse, an antidepressant. I was lucky enough to respond well immediately, with virtually zero side effects, to Efexor (venlafaxine), always taken in minimal doses. In the meantime, slowly, I was reborn, I graduated, I have a doctorate, I have a family, two children. For some sporadic depressive relapse, now very recognizable by me who know how these mechanisms work, I use Efexor but only for short periods. So far all the analyzes I have done have always gone very well. I sincerely believe that without the relevant use of medication I would probably still be wondering if shampoo is bad for the brain. with virtually zero side effects, to Efexor (venlafaxine), always taken in minimal doses. In the meantime, slowly, I was reborn, I graduated, I have a doctorate, I have a family, two children. For some sporadic depressive relapse, now very recognizable by me who know how these mechanisms work, I use Efexor but only for short periods. So far all the analyzes I have done have always gone very well. I sincerely believe that without the relevant use of medication I would probably still be wondering if shampoo is bad for the brain. with virtually zero side effects, to Efexor (venlafaxine), always taken in minimal doses. In the meantime, slowly, I was reborn, I graduated, I have a doctorate, I have a family, two children. For some sporadic depressive relapse, now very recognizable by me who know how these mechanisms work, I use Efexor but only for short periods. So far all the analyzes I have done have always gone very well. I sincerely believe that without the relevant use of medication I would probably still be wondering if shampoo is bad for the brain. I use Efexor but only for short periods. So far all the analyzes I have done have always gone very well. I sincerely believe that without the relevant use of medication I would probably still be wondering if shampoo is bad for the brain. I use Efexor but only for short periods. So far all the analyzes I have done have always gone very well. I sincerely believe that without the relevant use of medication I would probably still be wondering if shampoo is bad for the brain.
October 24, 2021
After taking antidepressants for a few years I have developed permanent sexual dysfunction, lack of emotion, anhedonia, severe cognitive problems and neuropathy that persist after years of drug withdrawal. So yes, psychiatric drugs are dangerous, harmful and passed off as harmless drugs. My life is now destroyed!
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